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Dawnyelle Moore
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

It has become the contemporary norm to “trash and dash”; to move on from one moment to the next as the only measure of progress without taking the time to savor a moment or an object or a relationship. My current medium has grown from a lifetime desire to hold on a little longer. I have always had empathy for the discarded. As a child this would manifest in strays brought home, human and otherwise, bits of flotsam washed up on the beaches of my childhood home of Clearwater, and the broken bits that others would often throw away, became mementos in my pockets. My work is the result of the combining of these two forces, the empathetic and the aesthetic, into visual representations of my desire to hold on to what is precious and so often discarded, also to linger a little longer making peace with painful moments.

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